Our Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the use of custom bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and have the knowledge and experience of how to apply it effectively for many health concerns, including menopause, peri-menopause and hormonal imbalances.
BHRT can be used to relieve symptoms of hormone imbalance or deficiency while keeping your safety at the forefront. Bio-identical hormones are extracts from plants that are exactly like the hormones your own body makes. BHRT is designed to optimize your body’s own hormone levels, whether they have declined through age or because of an underlying condition.
Bio-identical Hormones That Can be Prescribed Include:
Hormones come in the form of a cream or gel, which is the most effective delivery system. Topical application is best because its absorption into the bloodstream bypasses the liver, which allows the proper form of hormone making it to its sites of action throughout the body. In contrast, when hormones are administered orally, they undergo conversions in the liver, resulting in undesired forms (metabolites) of hormones. In fact, some of these metabolites are what contribute to cancer and other unwanted side effects from non-bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Certain symptoms of hormone imbalance point to the need for specific lab testing to determine if BHRT is suitable to the case.
Symptoms for men and women include but are not limited to: fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety. Often these are the result of normal changes with age, such as menopause and andropause. BHRT can relieve their symptoms.
Our trained Naturopathic Doctors will review your lab results to determine if BHRT will be beneficial for you.
As naturopathic doctors, we always evaluate the whole person. In certain cases, hormone levels can be affected by modifying other aspects of their lifestyle or by using other types of supplements. However, in other cases and with certain lab results, a need for greater balancing may be indicated than what can be achieved through those methods alone.
They are hormones obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily soybean and yam. The estrogen and progesterone powder are transformed chemically from the plant into the human identical hormones. The end product cannot be called “natural” as that is misleading; the process undergone is synthetic, but the important result is that they are human identical and that is what makes them safe.